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Turning of the Wheel:

The interplay of the Unique and Universal

A Digital Collection of Events from the Humanities Colloquium Series, Turning of the Wheel,
University of Idaho | Moscow, Idaho | 2011-2012

Yin Yang

yin yang

moon : sun

night : day

dark : light

shady side of mountain : sunny side of mountain

cloudy rainy : sunny day

cool : warm

rest : active

feminine : masculine

north : south

winter : summer

right : left

introversion : extroversion

earth : heaven

even : odd

tiger : dragon

receptive : creative

"The Tao that can be spoken is not the eternal Tao
The name that can be named is not the eternal name
The nameless is the origin of Heaven and Earth
The named is the mother of myriad things
These two emerge together but differ in name
The unity is said to be the mystery
Mystery of mysteries, the door to all wonders"
Tao Te Ching 1:1-5, 7-9

"Tao produces one
One produces two
Two produces three
Three produces myriad things
Myriad things, backed by yin and embracing yang
Achieve harmony by integrating their energy"
Tao Te Ching 42:1-6

Explore Further

Taoism and the Yin Yang envisions "a naturalistic universe characterized by regularity, without divine intervention or causation"

Yin Yang is "one of the most useful and insightful principles ever discovered that renders the infinite multitude of diverse facts intelligible," all within a unified whole.

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